Closer than you think…
Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is just 4 hours away from Miami. The Ecuadorian province of the Galapagos Islands is located 1 hour and 40 minutes from mainland Ecuador. Contrary to what most people think, Quito enjoys wonderful year round weather thanks to the strong influences of the Andes Mountains.
Quito is an exiting and cosmopolitan city designated "World Heritage Site" by UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). In downtown Quito, you will find magnificent churches, buildings and plazas left behind by the Spanish “Conquistadores.”
Quito offers visitors an opportunity to visit many important sites. Some would include Legarda’s Virgin in El Paneccillo hill, the Middle of the World Monument, Inca ruin of Rumicucho, Volcán Cotopaxi (world's tallest active volcano) and the Archeological Museum of the Central Bank of Ecuador.
The historic center of the city is the largest, unspoiled and best kept colonial site in America.
The city rests on a narrow valley, guarded by mountains and volcanoes, at almost 9,000 feet above sea level; the spectacular ancient part of Quito expands over 320 hectars and it is the largest historic center in America. Between its streets are found 40 churches and chapels, 16 convents and monasteries, 17 plazas, 12 museums and many patios.
Another reason to visit Quito and Ecuador is its history. Ecuador is one of the most ancient cultures in America. The first Ecuadorians may have appeared around 10,000 B.C. The first cultural group to develop a social structure, agriculture and commerce was Valdivia, located in the Ecuadorian coast about 3,500 B.C.
The Inca occupation is a relatively new and short event in Ecuadorian history; it dates back to only 1463 D.C. and lasted only until the Spanish “conquistadors” arrived in 1,526. Ecuador won its independence in 1822.